Tubing is dead in Laos, it got totally shut down after all the deaths…..
We heard that time, and time again when we travelled to Laos, and it couldn’t have been more wrong. Yep, tubing was definitely not at the height of the crazy, bungee swinging, jump into a shallow pool and then be surprised when you hurt yourself days, but we had an amazing time nonetheless. To be honest, aside from a cheeky jump into the Mekong — it’s highly unlikely I would have attempted any Tarzan and Jane style rope swinging anyway, so I didn’t feel too hard done by.
I didn’t actually think I’d love it as much as I did. When Adventurous Kate said “It’s the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off” I scoffed. I mean, surely sitting in an old tyre, floating down a pretty grimy river couldn’t be that amazing? Well, weirdly — it was. Aside from the buzz of the endless 18 year old gap yah’s doing shotguns and chanting every 10 minutes, there’s the utter beauty of the Mekong to behold, as well as the ‘other side of the river’ — the beauty of the Vang Vieng that people often miss out on.
Yeah, there’s a dark side — one that is very well documented (see my post here, and one by Adventurous Kate here) and yes — it’s a touristy, backpackery thing to do. But it’s fun. SO MUCH FUN. I clearly loved it so much that I wrote about twenty posts on it! I think about that time often, and feel pretty wanderlusty for my time in Laos, more specifically, my time in Vang Vieng.
Apologies for the multiple usage of nonsensical words….like wanderlusty!
It’s got something for everyone, really. Missing out on tubing when you’re in Laos would be a mistake, mark my words!
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